Image courtesy of Gov. Robert Bentley/Twitter.

One person has died and several others were injured Monday after a major gasoline pipeline was rocked by an explosion, the second incident at the line in two months.

According to a social media post made by the office of Alabama governor Robert Bentley, one person was killed and five others were hospitalized with injuries after an explosion hit a stretch of the Colonial Pipeline operated line in Shelby, Alabama.

The explosion also sparked wildfires in the area that reportedly burned 32 acres in dry conditions, the governor said.

The 5,500 mile long pipeline was shutdown on Monday.

The impacted pipeline runs from Houston to Greensboro, North Carolina and transports gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, according to Reuters.

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency were at the accident site on Monday.

The explosion occurred while maintenance work was being conducted, Reuters said.

A three-mile area around the accident site was evacuated on Monday.

A temporary flight restriction covering a three-mile radius was put into effect on Monday evening due to thick smoke around the blast area.

Crews also built an eight foot tall by 80 foot long dirt dam to contain burning fuel at the site, the governor’s office said.

The explosion occurred about one mile away from the site of a leak that shut the same pipeline down for several days in early September.

Colonial said last week that the September leak released an estimated 7,370 barrels of product.

A temporary bypass was installed after the leak and the pipeline was operating at normal capacity as of last Thursday.

Colonial Pipeline said last Thursday that it would be performing system integrity work to remove the temporary bypass in Alabama and restore Line 1 to service between late October and the middle of November.

Colonial has not disclosed if the explosion has impacted the planned work on the pipeline.


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